Commission on Cancer Gives Lahey Clinic Cancer Program Top Rating

Release Date: 12/18/2008

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Commission on Cancer Gives Lahey Clinic Cancer Program Top Rating 

BURLINGTON, MA—The Committee on Approvals of the Commission on Cancer has recently granted Lahey Clinic a three-year approval of its cancer program.

In his approval letter, David K. King, MD, Chair of the Committee on Approvals noted, “I am pleased to inform you that the Committee on Approvals of the Commission on Cancer has granted a three-year approval to your cancer program. We recognize your efforts to support the members of the professional staff, the patients and their families served by your facility.”

A three-year approval is the highest rating conferred by the Commission on Cancer. It is given only to those facilities that are committed to providing the best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and that are willing to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. Furthermore, the approval status of facilities' cancer programs is contingent upon on-site reviews conducted by the Commission every three years.

Receiving care at an approved center ensures a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive medical care close to home
  • State-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty team approach that enables the coordination of the best treatment options for cancer patients
  • Information about cancer clinical trial preparation, education, and support
  • Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on the types and stages of cancers and their respective treatment results
  • Ongoing monitoring and quality care improvements

About the Lahey Clinic Cancer Program
Lahey Clinic has been a leader in cancer services since its founding in 1923. It is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading edge research. A new Lahey Cancer Center is the centerpiece of an ambitious fundraising program recently undertaken by the Clinic. To date, more than $20 million has been pledged towards the project, which is currently in the planning stages.

Lahey provides services at its flagship facilities— Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA; Lahey Lexington, a teaching hospital in Lexington, MA; and Lahey Clinic Northshore in Peabody, MA, — and also at community based practices in more than 18 communities throughout eastern Massachusetts.

About the Commission on Cancer Approvals Program
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care.